Healthy Living

Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class
Sept 12 – Oct 17, 2022
Mondays |1:30 – 3pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
This class will be held via Zoom.

Open to everyone, Y membership not required. No cost.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six (90 minute) class sessions, held once a week, are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.

Register either Online or call 509 777 9622.

For more information, please email Nicole Manus, Community Health Director,  or call 509 777 9622 x 1190.


Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This highly effective, evidence-based, self-care educational program for family caregivers, builds the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Caregiver participants learn to minimize the potentially negative impacts of caregiving in either a one-time 90-minute Managing Stress workshop, or a six-week program emphasizing self-care and empowerment.

“My mother lives with me, she (we) are living with Parkinson’s Disease. The Powerful Tools For Caregivers Program connected me to others who compassionately listened, shared, and understood the many challenges of caregiving. The facilitator was thoughtful and the course full of resources. I have a Virginia Satir quote, from the course, hanging on my office wall: ‘The way in which we respond will direct and influence the event more than the event itself.’ Thank you for making a difference in my life.”  – PTC class attendee, Sue Anderson 


Powerful Tools for Caregivers one-time 90-minute Managing Stress Workshop:

In this introductory 90-minute session on how to manage caregiver stress, trained facilitators will help attendees explore stress management basics for themselves. This workshop is based upon the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, a self-care education program for family caregivers.

Workshops attendees who desire to learn more should consider the six-week program. See more information below.

During this 90-minute workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Identify signs and sources of stress
  • Discover stress reducers
  • Make an action plan
  • Learn a relaxation technique

Future workshop dates and times will be posted here when available.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • Change negative self-talk
  • Communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers
  • Communicate effectively in challenging situations
  • Recognize the messages in their emotions and deal with difficult feelings
  • Make tough caregiving decisions
  • Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class

These classes are conducted virtually via Zoom and are available at NO CHARGE thanks to a generous sponsorship from Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW).

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a FREE program tailored to fit the specific needs of cancer survivors who would like to improve their quality of life. Our certified Lifestyle Coaches and personal trainers have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, rehabilitative exercise and supportive cancer care. Sessions are offered in a small group environment with exercise protocols customized for each individual.

Read news release  showing significant gains for cancer survivor participants.

The LIVESTRONG® Foundation

There can – and should be – life after cancer for the more than 32.6 million people around the world affected by cancer. Creating connections for needed support, leveraging funding and resources to spur innovation, and engaging communities and leaders to drive social change, the foundation known for the iconic yellow wristband puts its mission in motion by inspiring and empowering those affected by cancer. For more information, visit

This might be for you if…

  • You are a survivor 18 years or older
  •  You have been medically cleared by your doctor to participate in a physical activity program. Our staff can provide support in obtaining an official medical clearance at the time of program entry but you are encouraged to discuss your interest in participation with your medical team before initiating a pre-registration interview.
  • You have completed portions of treatment that could limit full participation, such as surgeries that require downtime for recovery, treatment protocols which require immune system protocols limiting contact with others, etc.
  • You completed treatment years ago but did not previously get the help needed to reclaim your health either through spirit, mind or body, or all.
  • You possess a strong personal desire and commitment to attend all classes. The commitment of the program requires twice-weekly meetings for 12 consecutive weeks.
  • You give your permission for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA coaches to talk with your healthcare team, if needed
  • You are physically able to participate in most of the activities
  • You are willing to complete the required forms

LIVESTRONG Orientation

Orientations are an opportunity for cancer survivors to learn about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: A Cancer Survivor Wellness Program, and to complete their program pre-registration interview.  Interested (or curious) survivors are encouraged to attend an orientation to learn about the program and determine whether it is a good fit and the right time for them to participate.

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022  |  7-9pm

  • REGISTER in advance for this meeting
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please email Mariah Vaynshteyn, Community Health Programs Coordinator,  or call her at 509 777 9622 ext. 4530.

Live attendees to the Orientation will receive priority placement for the upcoming LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. The program will be evening classes that run twice per week for 12 weeks. Full details will be provided in the orientation.

General Inquiries

Please call 509 777 9622 for general information about the program.

Nutrition Coaching

Ages 18+. Work one-on-one with a registered dietitian to bring healthy eating into your life. Whether you are looking to eat better, lose weight, or you are an athlete wanting to increase performance, our staff will create a nutrition plan to meet your needs.

There’s never been a better time to invest in YOU! Join the YMCA’s Weight Loss Program.

The 12-week, Y Weight Loss Program is designed to help people seeking to be healthier, stronger, and more energetic versions of themselves (body, mind, and spirit) to achieve their goals by making small, modest changes to their daily behaviors, and forming sustainable habits. Each week participants will weigh in, be introduced to a new topic relevant to weight loss, discuss as a group successes/challenges/suggestions around the weekly topic, and develop goals for the upcoming week. Topics covered during the program include nutrition, physical activity, stress and sleep, positive psychology, goal setting, and sustainability. Ages 18+.

If you would like to learn strategies and build healthy sustainable habits that will positively change your relationship to your body, food, and movement, the YMCA’s Weight Loss Program may be for you. In-person* and virtual classes are available but space is limited. Give yourself the gift of support and tools to live with greater joy and comfort in a healthier body, for life.

Classes will begin September 2022. Attend Orientation prior to beginning class, or for more information. 

If you plan to participate, or would simply like more information, please plan to attend our free virtual orientation to the Weight Loss Program on August 10 at 7pm via Zoom. This hour-long information orientation will provide a general overview, and orientation attendees receive priority class registration status.

Orientation: Wed, Aug 10, 7pm
Register for the Orientation

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, please email Mariah Vaynshteyn, Community Health Programs Coordinator,  or call her at 509 777 9622 ext. 4530.

*In-person programming may need to transition to virtual dependent on developing COVID-19 pandemic conditions.  

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease but it is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

You should participate if you are:

  • 18 – 75 years
  • Diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease
  • Willing to complete and submit signed consent form and medical clearance
  • Agree to periodic progress monitoring
  • Do not have cardiac or pulmonary disease, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled hypertension, or stroke, dementia, other medical conditions that are contraindicative to exercise.

This program is free for Parkinson’s patients

For more information and to register contact the Central Health & Wellness Director, 509 777 9622 x 1130.

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